Pereyaslav, 1859 – 1862

Sholem was born in the small town of Pereyaslav, on the Dnieper River near Kiev. His father, Nochem, was engaged in what Sholem later described as a “pack of businesses,” and his family was financially comfortable for a time. Cossack leader and vicious anti-Semite Bogdan Khmelnitsky was also born in Pereyaslav, a historical irony that would would not have been lost on Sholem.

Pereyaslav in 1917. From (accessed on 27th January, 2016).